For this episode we
spoke with Gönül
Düzer, who is a labor
activist, math teacher, and a board member of the Kurdish Cultural
Center in Chicago. Gönül
was willing to take the time to speak on the current Turkish
invasion of Northeast Syria, some history that would be useful to
keep in mind when considering current events in this region, the
complex tensions of being an anti imperialist and calling for US
support, and about the Global Day of Action on this Saturday October
12th against this current invasion into NE Syria which has
been brought about by actions by the US and many many more topics..
She also talks about Rojava, the role that this region plays in the
area, and some ideas about how to get involved against the current
A content warning
for this episode, Gönül
describes many brutal actions on the part of Daesh or ISIS, including
rape and sexual assault. The descriptions are not graphic but may be
difficult to engage with.
originally aired on our podcast feed a few days ago in anticipation
of the Global Day of Action for Rojava and against Turkish and US
imperialism which occurred on October 12 2019, which was yesterday as
of the first airing of this interview on Asheville FM. To hear more
of this interview, a full version of which aired on our podcast feed
a few days ago, you can always go to our blog at
thefinalstrawradio.noblogs.org for this and our full archives.
You can also visit
our blogpost for a way to support the Rojava
Medical Emergency Fund. Since the majority of medical NGOs have
pulled out of the region, it has become necessary to pull together
whatever medical needs fighters may have from a rapidly diminishing
resource pool. This fund is for on the ground medical supplies and
secure communication equipment for those people defending NE Syria.
We end the show with
some audio submitted by a listener of a pro Rojava rally held
yesterday on the Global Day of Action in Chicago, IL.